Random Writing Quote:

“We live and breathe words. .... It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt--I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling with you. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted--and then I realized that truly I just wanted you.”

--Cassandra Clare

Elana Arnold

Speaker: Elana Arnold

Date: April 19, 2014

"Young Adult Fiction"

Elana K. Arnold's debut young adult novel Sacred “will appeal to many teens, especially fans of the Twilight series," proclaimed Booklist. School Library Journal effused it, "Filled with tension and angst... Readers will be looking for the next installment." Telling the tale of a small-town boy and a Gypsy girl that unfolds as the Burning Man festival is in full swing, Burning, her second YA effort, is just out from Delacorte. Kirkus hails it, "Lyrical and inspirational." Author Andrew Smith (Winger, The Marbury Lens), hails it as, "seductive and uplifting... An absolutely perfect summer read." Splendid, the sequel to Sacred, is out November, 2013.

Come hear about the YA genre, and how to succeed at it.


Upcoming speaker for May 17, 2014:

Le Ly Hayslip

Speaker: Le Ly Hayslip

"Fighting for My Life: A True Story"

Le Ly Hayslip is the author of the bestselling books When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Child of War, Woman of Peace. As a writer who advocates reconciliation and peace, Hayslip has helped to heal the wounds of war between the American and Vietnamese people through her books and humanitarian work. Her story offers a poignant picture of Vietnam then and now, and of a courageous woman who experienced the true horror of the Vietnam War - and survived to tell this unforgettable story. Her books were adapted into the film Heaven and Earth by the award-winning director Oliver Stone. Hayslip worked as a technical advisor and consultant on the film to bring her intensely personal and spiritual story to the screen.

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